High Holy Days

Bolton Street Synagogue invites all Rosh Hashanah worshipers to a picnic and outdoor service in its meadow on the evening of Wednesday, September 20th, starting at 5 pm. This service is free. All are welcome to participate in this erev (opening night) Rosh Hashanah event. The evening begins with a “Picnic in the Meadow” followed by a musical prelude by flutist Leslie Margolis and pianist Mark Giuliano. At 6:15 pm, Rabbi Andrew Gordon will begin the erev Rosh Hashanah service.

Anyone wanting to order a delicious picnic meal can do so at Boltonstreet.org/worship/holidays. All other participation for the evening is free. Please visit the Bolton Street Synagogue website for parking information and the holiday schedule of events.

This year’s celebration of Rosh Hashanah and its companion holidays have special significance for Bolton Street Synagogue, for three reasons.

1) Bolton Street Synagogue will be celebrating its second year as a member of the worldwide Reform Jewish movement. After 31 years as an unaffiliated congregation, in 2016 Bolton Street joined the Union for Reform Judaism, making it the only Baltimore City-based congregation of its type.

2) Services will be led by Rabbi Andrew Gordon who just two months ago arrived in Baltimore from New York. His dynamism and community-minded focus syncs exceedingly well with the congregation.

3) In his sermons, Rabbi Gordon will discuss the important role of community in supporting well-being, which is a core interest at Bolton Street Synagogue known for its dedication to inclusion and advancement for all.

Synagogue members have undertaken a social action initiative to help Baltimore City achieve substantial gains in K-12 education.

Bolton Street Synagogue, with some 150 individuals and families, is a Baltimore-based Reform Jewish congregation located on Cold Spring Lane in Roland Park.